School Subjects

Dargaville High School is required to implement its curriculum in accordance with the priorities set out in the National Education Goals and the National Administration Guidelines. The basic outlines of the New Zealand curriculum are identified in New Zealand Curriculum PDF (7mb). The Ministry of education site provides introductions to what students learn at school, and information about the New Zealand curriculum.


Year 9 Subjects

English
This full-year core subject develops skills in all six areas of the national English curriculum – reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and presenting. 

Mathematics 
This full-year core subject reinforces concepts learned at primary and intermediate level, and builds on them.

Physical Education 
This full-year core subject strongly emphasizes participation and involvement.  All students participate in Physical Education lessons and if necessary a special programme is devised to meet an individual student’s needs.

Social Studies
The aim of Social Studies is to enable students to participate in a changing society as informed, confident and responsible citizens.  Social Studies is a compulsory course in both Years 9 and 10.  It leads on to senior studies in History, Geography and Economics.

Science
Science is the first year of a junior core programme which looks at the way the world works.  
The course aims to fulfill national curriculum guidelines in science.

Year 9 Additional Subjects

Health
The health module covers the topics of Sexuality Education, Drug and Alcohol Education, within the total health concept of Hauora.

Music
The music module provides students with practical music making activities and an introduction to music appreciation and history.  Some instrumental tuition is available free of charge.

Visual Arts
In this module students develop painting skills based on colour theory; this will also embrace elements of Art History and appreciation.

Technology
Year 9 Technology comes in the form of different modules, each one focusing on a different aspect of technology. The different modules could involve Materials, Food, ICT and electronics.

Maori Language & Maori Studies
This option aims to foster whanaungatanga (relationships) and enable students to understand Maori language, Ngata Whatua values, attitudes and behaviour; to grow in their ability to understand and speak Maori and to develop a respect for the Maori language and protocol.

Japanese
This subject introduces students to the language and culture of Japan. Students will learn to speak and understand conversational Japanese and develop a platform for further study.

Year 10 Subjects

For a comprehensive outline of subjects download Year 10 Subject Options 2017
Available subjects for Year 10 are listed below.

English Mathematics Science Social Studies
Te Reo Maori Nga Toi (Performing Arts) Japanese Humanities
Music Drama Visual Arts Technology
Graphics Creative Textiles Physical Education Health
Nutrition/Food Technology Information Management Technology Design & Technology Multi-Materials Workshop Materials Technology (pre-trades)

Year 11 Subjects

For a comprehensive outline of subjects download the Subject Information Guide. Available subjects are listed below. There is the possibility of video conferencing and correspondence courses in Year 11.

Download the 2016 NCEA Student Assessment Handbook.

English Mathematics or Mathematics Applied Accounting Economics
English Studies Geography History Science
Maori Drama Visual Arts Science Applied
Graphics Information Management Physical Education & Sport Health
Textile Technology Food & Nutrition Hospitality Environmental Studies
Hard Materials Technology Working in Hard Materials Gateway Work Experience Distance Learning - various

Year 12 Subjects

For a comprehensive outline of subjects download the Subject Information Guide. Available subjects for Year 12 is listed below. There is the possibility of video conferencing and correspondence courses in Year 12.

English English Applied Maori Mathematics
Mathematics with Applications Mathematics Alternatice Level 2 Visual Arts History with Art History 
Drama Music Phys Ed Sport/Health Phys Ed Sport & Recreation
Economics History Geography Physical Education NCEA
Travel & Tourism Young Enterprise Scheme Biology Chemistry
Environmental Science Computer Studies Graphics Hard Materials Technology
Automotice Engineering Textile Technology Home Economics Hospitality
Childcare Distance Learning Gateway Work Experience Peer Support Leadership

Year 13 Subjects

For a comprehensive outline of subjects download the Subject Information Guide. Available subjects for Year 13 is listed below. There is the possibility of video conferencing and correspondence courses in Year 13.

Download the 2016 Year 13 Careers Booklet

English English Applied Maori Mathematics
Mathematics with Calculus Mathematics with Statistics & Modelling Visual Arts Art History 
Music Physical Education Sport Physical Education NCEA Economics
History Geography Travel & Tourism Biology
Chemistry Physics Computer Studies Hard Materials Technology
Home Economics Hospitality Distance Learning Gateway Work Experience
Peer Support Leadership